The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy Audiobook, by Anthony Gottlieb Play Audiobook Sample

The Dream of Enlightenment: The Rise of Modern Philosophy Audiobook

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Read By: Anthony Gottlieb Publisher: Blackstone Publishing Listen Time: at 1.0x Speed 6.67 hours at 1.5x Speed 5.00 hours at 2.0x Speed Release Date: November 2016 Format: Unabridged Audiobook ISBN: 9781455124428

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118:45 minutes

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06:23 minutes

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67:02 minutes

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The author of the classic The Dream of Reason vividly explains the rise of modern thought from Descartes to Rousseau.

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“Gottlieb, a former executive editor of the Economist, takes on the difficult task of trying to figure out what exactly the Enlightenment’s greatest thinkers were thinking, and to describe their thoughts in lay terms…Gottlieb skillfully juggles the biographical eccentricities of the philosophers and their enormous paper flow (some one million pages for Leibniz alone).”

— Publishers Weekly 


  • “Wondrously perceptive and exceptionally well written, The Dream of Enlightenment not only provides a key account of the Enlightenment philosophers but also inspires us to consider a new enlightenment that could fundamentally transform our own world as much as it did theirs.”

    — Edward O. Wilson, Pulitzer Prize–winning author
  • “A rare combination of encyclopedic knowledge, clarity, and lapidary style. I have never seen a discussion of philosophy as fun to read, presented with such clarity. I spent a decade and a half waiting for this book, yet it exceeds expectation: Gottlieb has a philosophical erudition that is so refreshing in a world of narrow academic résumé building.“

    — Nassim Nicholas Taleb, New York Times bestselling author
  • “Gottlieb (former executive editor, the Economist) provides a sequel to The Dream of Reason: A History of Philosophy from the Greeks to the Renaissance…An accessible introduction to Enlightenment philosophers with much to offer all educated readers.”

    — Library Journal
  • “A lively collective portrait of daring intellectuals…The Enlightenment, the author convincingly asserts, set the ground for toleration of religious dissent, scientific progress, and the dismantling of feudalism. Engaging, accessible, and informative.”

    — Kirkus Reviews


  • A New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice

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About Anthony Gottlieb

Anthony Gottlieb was the executive editor of the Economist from 1984 until 2006. He studied philosophy at Cambridge University and University College, London, and has been a visiting fellow at Harvard University. He has written articles and book reviews for the New York Times. He is a visiting scholar at New York University and a fellow of the New York Institute for the Humanities.